Integrated Neurology Services
Neurology & Sleep Specialists Located in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, VA, Old Alexandria, VA, Lorton, VA, & Falls Church, VA
Neuropathy can cause burning pain, tingling, or electric shock-type sensations in various areas of your body. The board-certified neurologists at Integrated Neurology Services diagnose and treat neuropathy at convenient locations throughout Northern Virginia in Alexandria, Falls Church, and Lorton, also serving the Vienna, VA, community. Call your nearest office or book an appointment online today for an integrative approach to neuropathy treatment.
Neuropathy Q & A
What is neuropathy?
Neuropathy is a disease that affects your peripheral nervous system, which consists of the nerves that run throughout your body. When most people use the term neuropathy, they’re referring to peripheral neuropathy. But there are several types of neuropathy, including:
- Median neuropathy, also known as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Ulnar neuropathy, also known as cubital tunnel syndrome
- Cervical and lumbar neuropathy, also known as pinched nerves in the neck and back
Peripheral neuropathy most often affects the nerves in your hands and feet, but it can occur in other parts of your body.
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Every nerve in your peripheral nervous system serves a specific purpose. The symptoms you experience depend on the type and location of the affected nerve(s). Common signs and symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Gradual onset of numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
- Feeling like you’re wearing socks when you’re not
- Stabbing or burning pain
- Extreme sensitivity to touch
- Coordination and balance issues
- Muscle weakness
If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor right away. Neuropathy is most treatable when it’s caught early.
What causes neuropathy?
Neuropathy may be due to another health condition, such as:
- Diabetes, which is the leading cause
- Physical trauma, such as a car accident injury
- Vascular problems, such as high blood pressure
- Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Nutritional imbalances, such as vitamin B-12 deficiency
- Kidney and liver disorders, such as kidney failure
- Infections, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Cancerous or benign tumors
- Hormonal imbalances
- Chemotherapy drugs
In many cases of neuropathy, there’s no identifiable cause. This is called idiopathic neuropathy.
How is neuropathy diagnosed and treated?
Your Integrated Neurology Services neurologist can often diagnose the type of neuropathy you have by reviewing your symptoms and medical history. They perform a comprehensive neurological exam and may take tests, such as:
- Blood test
- Nerve function test, such as electromyography (EMG)
- Imaging tests, such as a computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
Then, they create an individualized treatment plan. Neuropathy treatment usually begins with addressing the underlying cause. If there’s no known cause, your neurologist may prescribe medications and/or physical therapy to alleviate the neuropathic pain.
If you suffer from neuropathy, call Integrated Neurology Services, or book an appointment online today.
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